Nine members of same family killed in Missouri duck boat sinking

Tia Coleman Duck boat accident survivor

Tia Coleman Duck boat accident survivor

It delivered the punishing rain and pummeling winds forecasters had warned could be coming.

Among the passengers was an 11-member family, nine of whom died, according to Gov. Mike Parson's office.

The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside the tourist city of Branson, Missouri, on Thursday.

"It's been a long night, been a very trying night", Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told reporters.

Rader said divers were on the scene searching for passengers, but could not confirm how many were missing.

Divers located the boat on its wheels in 80 feet (25 meters) of water. "In the case of the Miss Majestic accident, the force of the water rushing in over the stern was strong enough to sweep a 6-foot 6-inch, 260-pound man standing near the sixth row forward and pin him against the windshield".

"This is not 1901", he wrote.

Weather can change rapidly in this part of the country, moving from sunshine and calm to unsafe storms within minutes, Schaumann said.

"I believe it was caused by weather, yes", said Rader, referring to the capsizing.

Two members of that family survived, the office stated, The Associated Press reported. He later explained that even though many people have questions, they should not speculate the reasons why this event happened. But he acknowledged that the boat should not have been out.

Rader told reporters he did not know how deep the water was where the boat sank. "It is absolutely devastating".

Police were first called about the duck boat sinking shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, officials said. People left flowers and roses in the parking lot and on cars left in the departure area for this Branson attraction in memorial for those who lost their lives. Keith Holloway, with NTSB, said their priority is to get the boat out of the lake to investigate the human, mechanical and environmental components of the incident.

Passengers on a nearby boat described the chaos on the lake as the winds picked up and the water turned rough. "It was just suddenly and out of nowhere".

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Duck boats are amphibious vehicles that function both on land and on the water. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves. Hours later, they learned the other duck boat didn't. "Somebody needs to help them". Milwaukee veteran Bob Unger bought one of the DUKW boats and he and a friend began giving tours of the Wisconsin Dells in 1946, launching the first duck boat tour company.

An overall of Table Rock Lake is seen on July 20, 2018 in Branson, Missouri.

As the demand for duck tours increased, the design of the boat has in fact been updated to better accommodate the popular summertime activity.

Tragically, 17 people are dead after a horrific duck boat accident in Missouri.

Nine relatives were among 17 people killed when a boat carrying tourists sank during a storm earlier this week in the U.S. state of Missouri, according to officials. Dozens of people were also injured.

The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles, which operate on land as well as water, collided with a bus in Seattle, killing five international students.

A woman walking in Philadelphia's Chinatown neighbourhood was killed by a duck boat in May 2015.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a spokeswoman for Ride the Ducks Branson.

Bob and Judy Williams were married for more than 30 years and lived in Branson, Richardson said.

Branson is about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City, and is considered a major family vacation destination. "This incident has deeply affected all of us. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved", Ride the Ducks Branson said in a statement on its website. The footage ends before the boat capsizes.

"The City of Branson may be small in size but it is big at its heart".

Authorities say it could take several days to raise a duck boat out of the lake.

"The only thing that I would like to be done but can't, is to bring my family back", Coleman said.

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